Lynne Terry

Lawsuit Blasts OHSU's Cardiology Department For Discrimination, Unsafe Practices

Dr. Rupa Bala, a cardiac specialist ended up leaving rather than being fired, according to the suit. It coincides with the collapse of the heart transplant program at OHSU.

The cardiology department of Oregon Health & Science University faces a discrimination lawsuit that outlines substandard medical procedures and unsafe practices during cardiac procedures.

CEO of Oregon's Largest Medicaid Organization Resigns

Health Share said Janet Meyer will leave Sept. 4. She'll be replaced by Maggie Bennington-Davis, the organization's chief medical officer, while a national search is underway.

The CEO of Health Share, Oregon's largest Medicaid provider, has resigned.

OHSU Halts Oregon's Only Heart Transplant Program

OHSU aerial photo
The academic medical center has lost or is losing half its team of transplant specialists. The departures follow management shakeups at OHSU.

UPDATED: Aug. 29 at 12:05 p.m.

Oregon heart transplant patients have to go elsewhere for now.

Briefly: Nurses In The Dalles Reach Tentative Labor Agreement

Members of the Oregon Nurses Association, who've been working without a contract since the end of June, appear to have resolved their differences with management at Mid-Columbia Medical Center.

Nurses at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles appear to have resolved their labor dispute with management.

They've reached an agreement on a new three-year contract, the Oregon Nurses Association announced. Its members will vote on the deal next week. 

Briefly: Kaiser Lands $1.4 Million For Opioid Study

Researchers will look at the role of opioids in suicides to help tools for clinicians in hopes of preventing more people from taking their lives.

Kaiser Permanente's research center in Portland has landed a $1.4 million grant to study the role of opioids in suicide.

Briefly: Feds Give Oregon Community Health Centers $2.3 million

The yearly grants mark a slight decrease from last year.

The Health Resources and Services Administration announced Wednesday it was giving Oregon nearly $2.3 million this year in grants to community health centers.

That marks a slight decrease from last year's total of nearly $2.5 million.

Moda Negotiating A Major Infusion of Capital

Confidential sources tell The Lund Report that a deal is in the works that could eventually lead to another insurance company holding a majority of seats on Moda's board.

Speculation has swirled for years that Moda Health, Inc. would fail or be taken over.

Now it looks as if it will be the latter. 

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